Summary: Your attitudes will determine your altitudes. Few will honestly acknowledge they have bad attitudes. Cain? Job's wife? Martha? How about you? The issues of life grow from our attitudes. Several part lesson.
YOUR ATTITUDE DETERMINES YOUR ALTITUDE…
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com This is a series…
Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. 24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. 25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Proverbs 4:23 (MSG) Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that's where life starts. 24 Don't talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. 25 Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. 26 Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. 27 Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.
WHAT IS THE OBJECT OF THIS LESSON? If I could accomplish a thought that I could TRANSPLANT in each mind today it would be rather simple. I would love to TEACH my friends that we CONTROL OUR ATTITUDES. I would love to teach us that we all need attitude adjustments and that it is possible to change our attitudes by changing the habits and patterns of how we think, talk, feel.
Your attitudes are TRANSPARENT, you may thing you hide your feelings and emotions but you can’t! You are a mere reflection of your attitudes. WE MUST REALIZE WE MUST TAKE ON THE ATTITUDES OF THE PERSON WE DESIRE TO BECOME. LIFE IS 10% WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU. 90% HOW YOU REACT TO WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU. How are you reacting to the facts around you? Is life about HAVE TO or WANT TO?
THE PROBLEM OF THE HEART IS THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM.
LET US START WITH THIS: From where do attitudes come?
INSTINCTUAL or LEARNED? INHERITED passed on by others…? ENVIROMENTAL? CHOICES?
WHICH SOURCE IS THE MOST INFLUENCE OF YOUR PERSONALITY AND ATTITUDES? The attitudes of your heart shape your total being…
*GANGRENE is dead tissue caused by an infection or the lack of blood flow… When gangrene gets bad it will not be treated by antibiotics, it will have to be surgically removed or the infection can cause death.
*ATTITUDE: the personality of a human, your feelings/emotions about an object, a settled way of thinking or feeling about something or someone, a reflection of your words and behavior, oftentimes body language can speak more than your words, a negative or hostile state of mind.
*ALTITUDE: The height or point one can reach.
CAIN AND ABEL THE FIRST TWO SONS OF ADAM AND EVE ILLUSTRATE TO US ABOUT ATTITUDES…
CAIN HAD GANGRENE ATTITUDES… TWO BROTHERS RAISED IN THE SAME HOME, SAME PARENTS, SAME ENVIRONMENT. BIG DIFFERENCE IN ATTITUDES…
Genesis 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
Seems Cain tended to be negative and not giving…
Genesis 4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
CAIN ATTITUDE, NOT MY FAULT…
Genesis 4:9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
BAD ATTITUDES BREED ANGER AND BITTERNESS… GANGRENE
Genesis 4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
CAIN NEVER REPENTS AND IS NEVER SORRY… GANGRENE
Genesis 4:13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
GANGRENE: MANIPULATION BY AN AGITATOR
Galatians 5:15 (KJV) But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
Galatians 5:15 (MSG) If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?
I heard about a person that got very angry at some other friends they worked with each day. The angry person kept going around to their fellow employees and sowed seeds of anger and bitterness in the minds of the others. The next thing you know the anger and bitterness was contagious. The feud festered in one person spread to the others. The one angry person kept stirring up the negative. Soon there was a lack of TRUST and the attitudes grew more and more. The contagious anger and bitterness spreads like wild fire. Finally the GANGRENE came to a head and the person walked off the job and led 8 other people to stomp out of a good job. Each person that had nothing to do with the GANGRENE became infected. Two people could not find a job and went bankrupt. 8 people without a job that was influenced by one PERSON THAT MANIPULATED in anger and bitterness.